Articles Of The Week October 14, 2018

We talk lots about exercise and strengthening around here, but is it always necessary? While I’m a firm believer in movement and loading tissue, sometimes a “mythical dysfunction” comes along and we’re taught very specific exercises to fix said dysfunction. But is it really necessary? Give this article a read to find out.

“Deep Cervical Flexor Training” – Paul Ingraham

Therapists quite often get caught up in “corrective exercises”. In line with these corrective exercises, they’re talking to their patients about how dysfunctional, or weak they are, rather than instilling strength and resilience. When the reality is, just getting stronger is corrective to whatever their treatment goals or issues are.

“Getting Stronger Is Corrective” – Tony Gentilcore

This one has a GREAT infographic along with some great information regarding the biopsychosocial aspects of therapy and how it can be explained to patients.

“Simple Tips To Improve Mental Health” – Keith McCarroll

Knowledge about pain has come a long way in the past few years. However, the teachings around it haven’t kept up the pace quite as well. That’s where some great posts like this one come out and help all of us gain a better understanding of chronic pain.

“A Better Understanding Of Chronic Pain” – Mark Olson

There are just as many misconceptions around exercise as there is about manual therapy. Fortunately, guys like Nick are out there sharing quality information. In this post, he shares lots of information and demonstrations of some lower body exercises (many of which you could perform right in your treatment room with patients) along with the explanations about why they’re important.

“The Missing Lower Body Exercises For Strength” – Nick Tumminello

Articles Of The Week October 7, 2018


It’s great to see that some major outlets are starting to share sensible information. This article about back pain is great and actually shares some quality knowledge. Movement for back pain is probably the best medicine we can use and this article agrees!

“Babying Your Back May Delay Healing” – Harvard Women’s Health Watch

I’m absolutely honoured that this guy has been following me from early on, and I’ve been following him. The beauty is how he’s started doing videos. He’s an absolute pro when it comes to runners, so if you work with that population, make sure you follow this guy, cause he’s an absolute PRO!

“How Stretching Can Delay Recovery” – Matt Phillips

I refer to Bronnie a lot, cause she puts out great stuff. How’s your assessment, is it time to change? Well, it might be, give this post a read and decide for yourself.

“From The Particular To The General – Clinical Reasoning In The Real World” – Bronnie Lennox Thompson

“Ergonomics do not have a firm basis in science.” How many patients do you have, who have been told their ergonomics need to be fixed to get rid ‘of pain!? Well, you may want to share this article with them.

“A Difficult Position: Experts Question Whether Ergonomics Holds Up” – Liam Mannix

This one comes from one of my favourite massage therapy people, so you’d better listen up! If you’re debating going out on your own, or just debating starting your own business, Rajam has some great advice for you, and I suggest you heed it!

“How To Start A Massage Therapy Business” – Rajam Roose


Articles Of The Week September 30, 2018

Sometimes when we treat patients who are dealing with chronic pain it can be difficult to come up with appropriate home care for them as they are often afraid to move. What about if we took a totally different approach and gave them directions to find joy?

“Finding Joy” – Devra Joy

We’ve been putting up lots of posts on tissue loading lately as it’s a VERY important part of helping patients rehab injuries and overcoming pain. This is a great post with videos of exercises for platar surface foot pain.

“Midfoot Mobility – Toe Extension – Strength” – Jeff Cubos

This is another one of those “try looking outside the box” kind of articles. It comes from a medical doctor’s approach of using poetry to connect with and creating a real connection to help his patients.

“Expanding The Time We Have With Patients Through Poetry” – Rafael Campo

Last week Readers Digest put out an article about 14 exercises you should never do after the age of 50 (I think they’ve since changed the title). The physical therapist in this youtube video disagrees and so do we!

“5 Exercises You Can (And Often Should) Do at Any Age| A Physical Therapist Explains Why!”Ryan Smith

This is another video which shows for one the importance of tissue loading with tendionpathies and also how the motor cortex of the brain is involved. It also shows creative ways of using a metronome to effectively tailor an exercise session for the patient. 

“How The Brain Is Involved In Tendon Pain” – Ebonie Rio

Articles Of The Week September 23, 2018


All of us deal with patients experiencing back pain. The question is, can we do better? Well, while this post is coming from a “training” perspective, the message in it is quite applicable to us as therapists, and I think we can do a better job.

“How To Train Clients With Low Back Pain” – Ellie Somers

Well, when this lady speaks, we listen. Laura has been an advocate and educator for massage therapy for quite some time and has decided to make one of her courses for free. If you’re interested in, already dealing with, or are just curious about treating people with cancer, here is a free course you should take.

“The Ethics Of Working With People With Cancer” – Laura Allen

Once or twice, we may have talked about the biopsychosocial approach around here :). So, this article is great. It actually chronicles the history of the approach and is well worth the read.

“Everything Old Is New Again, On A History Of The Biopsychosocial Model” – Tim Cocks

I’ve had some patients come in and say: “can we just not talk at all during the session?” Everyone is different and everyone likes different things. Some patients want to unload and talk during the entire treatment, others enjoy the silence. So, what do we do if our patient does not want to talk at all? This post has some good advice and approaches on how to handle that.

“Talk Or No Talk During Massage” – Raechel Haller

For those of us who work in sport, this is always a great topic, and great to see more research is being done. We used to tell athletes to sit in a dark room for the first little bit when dealing with a concussion, that has since been proven negative. However, there are new things underway that show activity is of more help.

“New Active Rehabilitation Program For Treating Concussion Being Tested” – University Of Alberta

Articles Of The Week September 16, 2018


As business owners, there are many things we need to take into account. Malpractice claims are certainly one of the things we need to be concerned about. However, maybe not, if you follow the advice in this post. It covers both how to avoid malpractice claims in person and on social media.

“How To Protect Your Practice Against Malpractice Claims” – Rajam Roose

Not all see manual therapy as a form of primary care in the healthcare system. Yet, it can be a low cost, low risk, and proven effective for many conditions. So, could modern healthcare take a few lessons from the military?

“Primary Care And The Physical Therapist: Lessons From The Military” – Jason Silvernail

Turns out exercise is more important than ergonomics in preventing neck pain! According to this study, exercise-based interventions halved the incidence of neck pain compared to ergonomic interventions/

“Exercise More Important Than Ergonomics In Preventing Neck Pain” – Haley Williams

This is an interesting post, that I’m sure will generate some discussion. It’s a look at how our thoughts and how we manage them could possibly generate pain. Do we repeatedly tell ourselves stories, or ruminate on things that generate a negative response?

“Clean Pain And Dirty Pain: The Two Types Of Emotional Suffering” – Rory

I’ve been wanting to write something about this for quite some time, (and I still might). This one is quick and to the point on the matter of whether massage therapy releases toxins or not. Give it a read and share if you agree.

“Massage Releases Toxins, Fact Or Fiction?” – Custom Bodies Fitness And Massage



Articles Of The Week September 9, 2018

The way we communicate with patients is a crucial factor in their treatment and recovery from whatever their injury may be. There may be times when the language we use can leave a scar on our patient and actually harm them with our words. What kind of scar do you want to leave with your patients?

“Words Have Power – What Kind Of Scars Are You Leaving  Your Clients?” – Antony Lo

I think we all like to learn (otherwise, why would you be reading this?) and Richard has put together an awesome resource for all of us to learn from. Everything from podcasts, to blogs, and youtube channels, this could be your own personal learning network.

“Personal Learning Networks For Massage Therapists” – Richard Lebert

Considering getting into a debate online? This article outlines some better ways to “argue” that may help in your debating endeavours.

“How To Disagree Well: 7 Of The Best And Worst Ways To Argue” – Paul Ratner

I had a discussion with someone on the facebook page this week about this very topic. It seems there is an epidemic of people out there who’s “glutes aren’t firing”, but is this really even a thing? Fortunately, this article explains the pitfalls of this issue far better than I will ever be able to.

“Are Your Glutes Really Not Firing?” – Greg Lehman

There are many factors to our patient’s mechanism of pain. Part of what we as therapists need to do is figure out which mechanisms are the greatest contributor and provide our treatments accordingly. This is a great post which outlines some of the ways we can accomplish that.

“A Mechanistic Approach To Pain Management: Applying The Biopsychosocial Approach To Physical Therapy” – Laura Frey Law, Ruth Chimenti, and Kathleen Sluka